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Bing's New Site Move Tool In Webmaster Tools

7:09 pm on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Moving domains? Site IA redesign? Finally managed to get your hands on a coveted domain name and willing to make the jump? Have you just gone through a big site redesign with a new directory structure, and want to let us know about it so that we can update our index to reflect your redirects? Then we have good news for you!

Let us know via the Site Move Tool.

Today we’re adding another item to your toolbox that lets you do just that. The new Site Move tool under the Diagnostics & Tools section in Bing Webmaster Tools can be used to tell Bing that you have moved and permanently redirected your site, or a section of your site, to a new location. Although permanently redirecting your URLs using 301 redirects is normally enough and the new tool doesn’t replace these redirects, the Site Move tool can help speed things up and get your redirects reflected in our index more quickly. Bing's New Site Move Tool In Webmaster Tools [bing.com]
5:29 pm on Mar 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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In many ways I applaud the step Bing is taking with this Move Tool.

Though this tool does not replace the need for doing 301 redirects to
the proper location, it does give the webmaster information that hasn't been available in the past. (I would think so anyway.)

Instead of having to guess whether or not the SE has picked up on your changes, I would think you'd be able to see the status of the redirects? If not, then I really would question the real value of such a tool, if you can't see the status of your redirects.

Wait, I think this would also apply to not knowing what is going on with the status of disavowed links also.

I'm just sayin' :)

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